Border tense but red tape hits army acquisition of big guns

November 6, 2016

NEW DELHI: The Army's much-delayed modernization drive continues to be stymied by cumbersome procurement procedures, bureaucratic bottlenecks and corruption allegations at a time when border tensions with Pakistan are at an unprecedented high in recent years.

Spending More on Defence Won’t Automatically Mean New Tanks, Weapons for Indian Army

By Nirupama Soundararajan and Dyanada Palkar, The Wire, 25-10-2016

Lack of integrated planning for procurement among the armed forces is a huge shortcoming. Merely increasing the defence to GDP ratio will not solve the current predicament.

It’s that time of  year when the ministry of finance begins to receive demands for grants from their counterparts, and allocation for defence has always been a point of debate. Despite substantial increase in budget allocation, military spend as a percentage of GDP has been declining in India (see table 1 below). This trend has been the subject of much criticism because India would always have to contend with the possibility of a two-front war scenario with China and Pakistan.


Here's Your 'Putin Did It' Survival Guide...

By Adam Garrie, Global Research,
November 1, 2016

As the Duran reported, it was only a matter of time before the ‘Putin Did It’ (see The Duran Lexicon for more) line crept back into the news in light of a re-opened FBI investigation, following the discovery more incriminating Hillary Clinton emails. Sure enough, Howard Dean, the man who ended his own presidential campaign by acting like a crazed hooligan on stage, has said that now the FBI and Putin are on the same side.

The Real Reasons Why FBI Director James Comey Reopened the Hillary Email Investigation


This last Friday it became public record that FBI Director James Comey reopened the Hillary Clinton email server investigation after repeatedly testifying before Congress and the world up to last July that he’d closed the case, after in his words not finding sufficient evidence of “any criminal wrongdoing” to indict her in spite of her four years as Secretary of State egregiously breaching our national security:’

-committing obstruction of justice and willful tampering with evidence,

-deleting 30,000 emails after receiving a court subpoena constituting destruction of evidence,

-not to mention repeatedly engaging in perjury before Congress and the FBI.

Hillary Clinton: Wall Street’s Losing Horse? Constitutional Crisis? What’s the End Game?


Since the release of FBI Director Comey’s Second letter to the US Congress, the presidential elections process has gone haywire, out of control. The bipartisan political apparatus is in crisis.

“I FBI director [James Comey] am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”

More dangerous than the Cold War: By co-operating with Washington on Syria Russia walked into a trap

24 October, 2016
By Paul Craig Roberts, Global Research

A month ago I wrote a column , “He Who Hesitates Is Lost—And Russia Hesitated.”

The consequences of this hesitation are now apparent:

1. A UN report orchestrated by Washington has accused Syria and Russia of war crimes in Aleppo. According to the report,

“indiscriminate airstrikes across the eastern part of the city by Government forces and their allies [Russia] are responsible for the overwhelming majority of civilian casualties. These violations constitute war crimes. And if knowingly committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against civilians, they constitute crimes against humanity.”


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